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NYTimes Hit Relies on Democratic Donor

7:39 AM, Jun 09, 2015

In today's New York Times hit of Marco Rubio, there is this quotation from Harold Evensky:

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Livin' on a Prayer: Hillary to Fundraise With Bon Jovi

7:08 AM, Jun 09, 2015

Hillary Clinton will be fundraising later this month with Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi, according to an announcement on the candidate's website. The event will be held in New Jersey.

Tickets to the June 29 event cost $1,000 for the cheapest ticket and $2,700 for premium seating. Here's a copy of the flyer posted to Clinton's website:

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Hillary Has LGBT Fundraiser Tonight in Washington

3:27 PM, Jun 08, 2015

Hillary Clinton is coming to Washington, D.C. for an LGBT fundraiser tonight. "Clinton will be in Washington, D.C., on Monday night for a fundraiser hosted by and attended by predominantly lesbian supporters," reports the Huffington Post.

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Walker: Jeb's the Front Runner

'He's going to have more money than just about all of us combined'
9:03 AM, Jun 07, 2015

Scott Walker does not think he's the front runner in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Instead, the Wisconsin governor believes that title goes to the former Florida governor, Jeb Bush.

"Scott Walker is already hitting high gear, racing towards the front of the pack on his Harley and in the polls," said ABC reporter Jon Karl. "So Governor walker, you're up in the polls nationally, you got a big lead here. Are you the front runner now?"  

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Carly Fiorina Sets High Bar With Most Detailed Financial Disclosure

7:05 PM, Jun 03, 2015

Carly Fiorina has released by far the most detailed financial disclosure of any presidential candidate. The document details to a penny her net worth: $58,954,494.88.

Here's the entire 87-page document:

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Clinton Foundation Meeting in Morocco Last Month Cost Taxpayers $21K

At least.
2:33 PM, Jun 01, 2015

Bill Clinton, no stranger to controversy, raised eyebrows again with a Clinton Global Initiative gathering last month, as ABC News put it, "at a five-star luxury hotel in Morocco [hosted] by one of the world's most controversial mining companies, criticized for 'serious human rights violations' by the Robert F.

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Gasparino: 'Last Person' Wall Street CEOs Want Is Martin O'Malley

2:02 PM, Jun 01, 2015

Charles Gasparino of the Fox Business Network reported today that Martin O'Malley is the "last person" Wall Street CEOs want is Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley:

"Larry Fink and Lloyd Blankfein want somebody -- the last person they want running in the Democratic Party is Martin O'Malley," Gasparino reported.

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RNC Goes Populist: Hits Hillary's Financial 'Hypocrisy'

7:36 AM, May 29, 2015

In a 41-second video that's set to be released later this morning, the Republican National Committee is using a populist message to hit Hillary Clinton for "hypocrisy."  

The video mainly features a snippet from a speech Clinton delivered on Wednesday, May 27, at the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council. "Because we're going to have to stand up to the people who want to keep the deck stacked in favor of those at the top. We're going to have to fight to make sure that the success of our country is shared across the economy," Clinton says in the RNC ad.

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Bill Clinton's Secret 'Pass-Through' Company Exposed

2:51 PM, May 26, 2015

Bill Clinton has a secret "pass-through" company named WJC, LLC. WJC, of course, is the former president's initials, William Jefferson Clinton.

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Kickoff: Sanders for President

9:36 AM, May 26, 2015

"Don’t underestimate me,” warns Bernie Sanders who will, as the AP reports:

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Bill Clinton to Pay Family Bills in Atlanta Speech

2:10 PM, May 11, 2015

Former President Bill Clinton has got to pay those bills. That's why he's giving a speech this week in Atlanta at the American Institute of Architects meeting in Atlanta. 

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Hillary Clinton Wants You to Wish Her a Happy Mother's Day

Fundraises Off Mother's Day
2:35 PM, May 09, 2015

Hillary Clinton wants you to wish her a Happy Mother's Day -- and maybe send a few dollars her way, as well. Often, organizations that support politicians or candidates (such as the Democrat or Republican National Committees) will solicit such greetings for holidays and special occasions. But in this case, Hillary Clinton's own campaign isn't leaving it to chance. 

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Michelle Obama Jokes About Running for President

Letterman Encourages.
10:08 PM, Apr 30, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama joked with David Letterman about running for president. watch here:

"I'm retiring in a few weeks," Letterman said. 

"No kidding," Obama deadpanned.

"And I know that your time at the White House, in a couple of years, same sort of thing," Letterman continued after sharing a laugh. "You won't be retiring though. But do you ever glimpse down that far down the road?"

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Hillary Avoids Press Question By Talking to Herself?

5:02 PM, Apr 28, 2015

Hillary Clinton appeared to avoid the press waiting outside her first 2016 presidential fundraiser by talking to herself as she made her way to an awaiting Secret Service vehicle. 

Liz Kreutz, a journalist at ABC News, tried to ask Clinton about the riots in Baltimore. But Clinton appeared deep in conversation with herself.

Watch here:

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Obama Hasn't Had It Tough

At least not compared to other American politicians.
9:04 AM, Apr 28, 2015

At this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama’s comic routine seemed to have some nasty implications about his political opponents.

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Report: 'Relationship With the Clintons' Requirement for Getting Lucrative Contract to Rebuild Haiti

8:19 AM, Apr 24, 2015

Fox News reported this morning on the latest news to come from the Clinton Cash book:

"Another bombshell set to drop on the growing scandal surrounding the Clintons. Fox News now learning about a direct connection between money flowing to the Clinton Foundation and the effort to rebuild a devastated Haiti in 2010," said host Bill Hemmer.

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Webb Calls for 'New Leadership Model for Our Country'

7:34 AM, Apr 23, 2015

As Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comes under fire for shady financial dealins, Jim Webb is calling for a "new leadership model for our country." Webb, also a Democrat, is considering a presidential run.

Webb writes in a fundraising email:

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Tina Brown: Criticizing Clinton 'Fair Game'

1:54 PM, Apr 22, 2015

Tina Brown now says that criticizing Hillary Clinton is "fair game." She made the remarks in an interview with Yahoo!:

"Everything is fair game politically," she said. "I mean, foreign donors is fair game if that turns out to be true that she did favors or whatever. That one is completely fair game."

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Boxer: 'My Heart's Beating a Little Faster Today'

'She is going to relate to every day Americans'
11:21 AM, Apr 12, 2015

California senator Barbara Boxer said that she's so excited about Hillary Clinton running for president that her "heart's beating a little faster today."

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Traffic Light Politics in Chicago

10:34 AM, Mar 09, 2015

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is removing some of the money-making traffic cameras from the city’s intersections.

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A Conversation With James Ceaser

11:39 AM, Mar 02, 2015

The latest episode of Conversations With Bill Kristol, featuring University of Virginia professor and TWS contributor James Ceaser:

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Buffett: Barring Illness, Hillary 'Very Likely to Be the President'

8:15 AM, Mar 02, 2015

Legendary investor Warren Buffett was asked this morning in an interview whether he'd still bet money on Hillary Clinton being the next president of the United States. Yes, he said, he still think it's "very likely" she'll be the next president. But he warned in the CNBC interview: "things could always happen in politics, including illnesses or something of the sort."

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A Fire Bell in the Night

Mar 02, 2015

Dozing off as we pored through a raft of mostly meaningless polls this week, we were startled awake by one set of findings. The CNN/ORC survey released February 18 was The Weekly Standard’s own little fire bell in the night.

What, you surely ask, alarmed us so?

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Mar 02, 2015

Singer-songwriter Steve Earle was recently asked by the Texas Standard if he would ever move back to his home state, and he had a rather revealing answer: 

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A Conversation With Bill Bennett

9:38 AM, Feb 16, 2015

The latest episode of Conversations With Bill Kristol, featuring Bill Bennett:

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It’s Called ‘Payback’

4:36 PM, Jan 28, 2015

In his 2008 victory speech, President Obama declared that:

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The Clinton Campaign for Dollars: Shock and Awe

11:52 AM, Jan 22, 2015

Hillary Clinton has not been especially aggressive on ideas and policy.  On money, however, it is a different story.

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Obama Knocks 'Constant Fundraising,' Then Immediately Asks for Donations

11:01 PM, Jan 20, 2015

President Obama knocked "constant fundraising" in his State of the Union address delivered tonight from Washington:

I’ve served in Congress with many of you. I know many of you well. There are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle. And many of you have told me that this isn’t what you signed up for – arguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision.

Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.

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State of the Union: Skeptical and Bored

Only 17% think the president should focus on new spending programs.
5:33 PM, Jan 20, 2015

Washington and the political class are as excited as Hollywood on Oscar night.  It’s the … State of the Union.  Which is to say … another partisan political speech, only longer.

Unsurprisingly, the public isn’t buying what the speech will be selling and probably won’t be watching anyway.  

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How Netanyahu Can Win

2:35 PM, Jan 19, 2015

Coming on the heels of a spate of revelations regarding corruption in the Israeli government – as well as worrisome signs of dysfunction in Israeli governance, exposed during last summer’s unresolved campaign against Hamas – the Israeli public was shocked again recently by yet more revelations of pervasive corruption in high places. Now a dark cloud on the political horizon, corruption (as well as its neglect by the authorities) shows signs of developing into a major political storm.

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